Best Foreign Film nominee 2016 and winner of the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film in the
Director’s Fortnight at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, first-time director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang is a heady, emotional and deeply personal story about five free-spirited teenage sisters who have been raised in a north Turkish village by their grandmother and strict uncle since their parents’ death. Their seemingly happy existence changes forever when a neighbour reports some innocent fun the girls have with male classmates on a local beach. As the girls’ freedom starts to be stripped away, the bond between the sisters becomes even stronger and they search for ways to rebel against the restrictions imposed on them. Told largely from the perspective of the youngest sister Lale, Oscar-nominated Mustang is a heady, emotional and deeply personal story about female empowerment.
“The final scenes stir the soul….Essential.”– Donald Clarke, The Irish Times ****
“A sweet, sad Turkish delight.” – The Guardian *****
Awards: European Parliament LUX Prize 2015, Audience Award, Glasgow Film Festival 2016, Best Film,
Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016, Academy Award Nominee 2016, Best Foreign Language